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Secure Connection to Your Windows XP Pro Computer Anytime, Anywhere. Present by Vuong Phung Operating Systems Administrator for The CATS 2005 Conference Network & Computer Service Center (NCS) College of Science – San Jos é State University. Why?.

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Secure Connection to Your Windows XP Pro Computer Anytime, Anywhere

Present by

Vuong Phung

Operating Systems Administrator

for

The CATS 2005 Conference

Network & Computer Service Center (NCS)

College of Science – San José State University


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Why? Anywhere

  • Access to your computer anytime from anywhere (where Internet connection is available)

  • Transfer files or copy and paste documents between two computers

  • Print to a local printer

  • Better than TightVNC/VNC

  • Cost $0

  • Secure

  • Easy to implement


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One of the Working Scenario Anywhere

SSH Server

Internet

1. SSH tunnel connection

2. RD connection

XP Pro SP2

Campus Network

Windows/Mac OS X/*NIX


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One XP Pro SP 2 computer Anywhere

One static IP address

One SSH account on the network where this computer resides

I will refer to this computer as the XP Pro computer

A Windows 95/98/Me/ NT/2000/XP/Mac OS X/ *NIX computer

A free Remote Desktop Connection software for non-XP computer

A free Putty SSH client software for Windows

I will refer to this computer as the Remote computer

Requirement


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Action Overview Anywhere

  • Gather information and write it down

  • Configure the XP Pro computer

  • Configure the Remote computer

  • Attempt to make the first remote desktop connection

  • Make the connection even more secure


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Gather Information Anywhere

  • The static IP address of the XP Pro computer

  • The static IP address/DNS name of the SSH server that you will connect to

  • The SSH account username and password


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Configure the XP Pro Computer Anywhere

  • Update and patch Windows

  • Verify to make sure it has a static IP address

  • Turn on the Remote Desktop option and allow at least one remote user

  • Turn off the XP firewall

  • Verify that port 3389 is listening


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Configure the Remote Computer Anywhere

  • Update and patch Windows

  • Download and install Remote Desktop Connection for non-Windows XP computer

  • Download and install DigestIT 2004 software

  • Download and verify Putty software

  • Configure Putty software (Mac OSX and *NIX uses built-in SSH command)


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Attempt the First RD Connection Anywhere

On the Remote computer

  • Use the Putty software to connect to the SSH server and logon with the provided username and password (Mac OSX and *NIX uses ssh –2 –L 3388:your-XP-Pro-IP:3389username@your-SSH-server)

  • Use the Remote Desktop Connection software to connect to “localhost:3388”

  • Logon to the XP Pro computer for the first time


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Secure the Connection Further Anywhere

On the XP Pro computer

  • Change the default listening port 3389 to another port

  • Turn on the XP firewall

  • Set the XP firewall to accept only the remote desktop connection traffic from the SSH server


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Resources Anywhere

How To on my website

http://ncs.science.sjsu.edu/vphung/index.php?How_To

Microsoft website

Remote Desktop Connection software for Windows and Mac OS X

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/tools/rdclientdl.mspx

http://www.microsoft.com/mac/otherproducts/otherproducts.aspx?pid=remotedesktopclient

How to change the listening port for Remote Desktop

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306759/EN-US/

SSHWindows website

To run your own SSH server on your Windows XP Pro computer

http://sshwindows.sourceforge.net/